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Electrical Engineer

Western Area Power Administration

Location: Folsom, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: Other
Date Posted: July 20, 2021
Reference Code: 21-WN-00218-11176250-DE


Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers ​and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.



Perform Base Resource and exchange allocation and scheduling processes; coordinates with vendors of programs to implement and test changes as may be needed. Coordinates with Information Technology to ensure integration of the programs used in the allocation process are consistent with Western's security requirements, and that the data produced are properly distributed to the pre-schedulers and customers. Conduct studies on the Central Valley Project's electric power system, project power use, long-term average annual generation and firm capacity, power values, effects of water conditions, constraints, release patterns, power supply resources, the region's supply and demand characteristics and profiles, load and generation, analyses and forecasts, feasibility and cost/benefit studies of various resource acquisitions, and other studies related to the power resources available to or from the Central Valley Project. Completes preparation and review of data, reports, and plans for North American Electric Reliability Corporation compliance for the resource planner function and load serving entity function obligations in the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area. Develop load forecasts for Full Load Service and First Preference Customers taking into consideration any embedded renewable generation. Conduct generation expansion and production cost studies and analyses on power marketing options.



You’re making a great choice when you choose a career with the U.S. Government. A career with the federal government provides employees with a first-class benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

WAPA offers a competitive base pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

• Health and Life Insurance

• Dental and Vision 

• Long Term Care 

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Thrift Saving Plan (401K equivalent) with up to 5% matching contributions

• Retirement Benefits

• Paid Annual and Sick Leave

• Paid Federal Holidays



Join WAPA's team and "keep the lights on" for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America's energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

WAPA is proud to be ranked as a Best Place to Work in the Federal Government.


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